A lot's been going on this week in pop culture; here are a few highlights:
Van Halen postpones tour dates
The 2012 reunion tour of the 80s rock icons began on February 18 and will continue as planned through May 26, but the last three months of the tour have been suddenly and indefinitely postponed, with no reason given. You can read more over at Billboard.com or see remaining Van Halen tour dates.
Donna Summer passes away
Ms. Summer, one of music's greatest hit-makers, passed away on May 17 at the age of 63 after a battle with lung cancer. The singer was active for several decades and won multiple Grammys. Her hits included "She Works Hard for the Money" and "Hot Stuff" (see video at right).
Facebook goes public
In case you haven't heard, Facebook is in the middle of an IPO worth billions of dollars, and people are scrambling to invest in the social media giant. Help Facebook justify their high stock price by interacting with us on our page.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
It's always interesting to look back at the previous month to see which artists and bands sold the most tickets, because you don't always know what to expect. What may have seemed like an uptick in sales at the beginning of the month may peter out by the end. Likewise, something that didn't even land on the radar on the first day can end up dominating the month by the last day. With that in mind, I present a new monthly TN Team Blog series, where I look back at which artists and bands made the Top 10 list for concert ticket sales on the TicketNetwork Exchange.*
When January started, it seemed to be Coldplay's to own, but any hope of them coming out on top (they were December's #2 act) was quickly shoved aside when the Van Halen schedule was announced on January 6. By the end of the month, Van Halen ticket sales represented nearly 10% of all concert sales on the Exchange. They were without a doubt the number one band; nobody else even came close.
Ever since the news was released last week that Van Halen is going back on tour with original lead man David Lee Roth, and that this lineup is recording a new album, the Internet has practically been buzzing with excitement about it. Well, more information is here at last! Late last night the band finally released the tour dates during a highly anticipated performance at New York City's Cafe Wha?.
The tour begins on February 18 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY, and ends on June 26 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA. There will be forty-five concerts by the time everything is said and done...so far, at least. Jazz, funk, and soul band Kool & the Gang will join Van Halen on certain dates. From the press release, it appears the set list will include some songs from the new album as well as a cross-section of hits from throughout the band's history.